Doodle God

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Omnipotent fun, but for older teens only.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 14 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Doodle God wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

In terms of controls and rules, the game couldn't be easier to play. Finding each new combination becomes more and more challenging, though, as you go along.

Violence

You'll never see anybody get hurt, but sometimes combining certain elements gives the hint of something violent having occurred, such as combining a human with fire and getting a corpse.You will see bluish corpses and red splotches of blood, though.

Sex

This is a spoiler, but combining two humans allows you to create "sex." This is depicted with a drawing of a naked man and woman in missionary position.

Language

The game uses many famous quotations, some of which contain mild swear words, like "hell" and "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the "elements" you can create in the game is alcohol. From that, you can create different kinds of alcohol, like Vodka. And if you create a human being and combine it with alcohol, you create an "alcoholic." Also some of the famous quotations used make reference to alcoholic beverages. You can also create tobacco.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Doodle God puts players in the role of a god creating a new universe from scratch. Starting with only four elements (earth, air, fire, and water), you need to combine the elements to figure out how to create everything else in existence. You can create alcoholic beverages in the game and there are jokes about alcohol. You can also make two humans have sex. Everything is depicted with small thumbnail images. There is also a fantasy aspect to the game, as you can end up creating fantasy monsters like golems, ghosts, zombies, and walking tree people (treants). Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byzuju December 15, 2011
Teen, 17 years old Written byPlayItSafe July 19, 2010

Great!

Some iffy elements: Alcohol and Sex Other than that this game is great!
Kid, 12 years old December 21, 2014

Very good game!

Doodle God is a really creative game that involves mixing elements to create new ones (e.g mixing water and sand to make clay or wood and tools to make a wheel)... Continue reading

What's it about?

Kids begin with the four historical \"elements\" of earth, air, fire, and water, and then tap on pairs to create new elements or \"groups.\" There are predetermined combinations, so . . . in the beginning . . . kids just run through combinations. For example, earth and fire make lava, and lava and water make stone and steam. Eventually, a prompt challenges kids to create a new \"element,\" the first being a worm.

Is it any good?

DOODLE GOD is a fabulously original concept. Can you create everything in existence, from swamps and clay to dolphins and plasma out of four elements (earth, air, fire, and water)? There's a whole lot of trial and error, mixing one thing with another just to see what happens. But there's also a good strategic aspect to the game. If it gives you a clue such as "What could you combine to form plankton?" you can look at what you've got and decide that your best shot would be water and bacteria. Poof! You've got plankton -- which you can then combine with other elements to create even more new things. This game is addictively fun.

App details

For kids who love strategy games and apps for teens

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